This report includes graphic descriptions.
A former Mansfield teacher’s aide who admitted having sex with a female high school student in his classroom was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison.
Kashann Jemar Simmons, 40, who was also volunteer football coach at Mansfield Timberview High School, apologized to the family of his victim and to his own for the pain he put them through.
Then Simmons said he will never do anything else that would land him in state District Judge Louis Sturns’ courtroom again.
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Then he was taken to jail.
Parents should be able to send their children to school and expect for them not to be victimized by their instructors,
Judge Louis Sturns
“You put yourself in a very difficult position,” Sturns said. “It’s strange because you have lived your life in an exemplary manner. I have to assume you have been a good citizen.”
Sturns told Simmons that parents should be able to send their children to school without the children being victimized.
“When that happens it compromises the entire system of education,” Sturns said.
Simmons pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a child under 17 during the fall of 2014. The maximum sentence is 20 years.
Simmons testified that it has been difficult to repair relationships with his wife and children, a 20-year-old son and 15-year-old daughter.
He and his wife remain married, Simmons testified.
“The [Simmons] family is devastated,” said his attorney, Bret Martin. “It’s hard to process someone who has never been in trouble before going to prison for seven years.”
‘Very definition of a predator’
The victim’s family was also traumatized, her mother said in her impact statement to Simmons. The Star-Telegram typically does not identify sexual assault victims and their family members.
13 The age of Simmons’ daughter when the sexual assault was reported
“She’s dropped out of school and is trying to get a GED in a society where most people have bachelor’s degrees,” the mother said. “Let’s hope that your daughter never meets a man like you.”
Dawn Ferguson, a Tarrant County prosecutor, called Simmons a predator and presented evidence that he sent text messages to another student, soliciting sex.
“This offender’s life changed because he got caught,” Ferguson said. “Having sex with a teenage girl on his school desk and texting another to try to set up sexual relations with her is the very definition of a predator. If he were put on probation, I don’t think he will be able to control himself.”
Simmons was hired by the Mansfield school district in September 2011 and was arrested in the driveway of his Mansfield home on March 30, 2014, by school district police.
Resigned after being accused
According to arrest warrant affidavits obtained by the Star-Telegram, a female student, 16, complained to Timberview Principal Derrell Douglas, saying she had sex with Simmons for two days in his classroom.
She accused Simmons of putting his hand inside her panties and having her perform oral sex on him in his classroom on March 18 and then having sexual intercourse with her on March 19, the affidavit says.
Simmons was hired in September 2011 and resigned in March 2014, after allegations surfaced.
During an interview with an investigator, Simmons denied that any physical touching occurred between them except for a hug that the student initiated, but he did say that he was alone with the girl inside a locked classroom.
The student was taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth and was examined by a sexual assault nurse examiner, the affidavit says.
Video outside of Simmons’ classroom showed that on March 7, 18 and 19, the girl was in the classroom alone with Simmons while the door was shut, the affidavit says.
Simmons was placed on administrative leave on March 20 and resigned March 25 after the school district police began investigating the allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct, district officials have said.